Passionate Grad Student – David Didier

climate change photographer Joan Sullivan coastal erosion

David Didier explains coastal erosion to Joan Sullivan, along the Saint Lawrence River

There are so many messages of fear when it comes to climate change. But there are also stories of hope. And one of those stories has to do with a young graduate student, David Didier. He lives and breathes the St. Lawrence. David is a member of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) ice canoeing team (and they’re champions by the way).

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photo by Jean Frenette

Susan Woodfine David Didier

Joan and I met David to talk about his research, which focuses on coastal flood risks. David knew from the outset that he wanted to do a master’s in this field. When the high tide storm surge happened on December 6, 2010, it presented him with a challenging project and his fieldwork began.

David Didier UQAR coastal erosion graduate student

In our documentary, we’ll explain how David Didier’s work is part of a new approach to integrated coastal management. David is hopeful and philosophical about the storm of 2010, “In my opinion it was a wakeup call but not one of fear…I think it was a call to reunite people with their shore…. they want to understand more.”

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